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MSNBC
May 2, 2014 9:00am PDT
despite what the white house says between merkel and rest of europe on how tough to be against vladimir putin. there's talk the incremental sanctions have not been working and the other issues, the confusion and disagreements over intelligence and eavesdropping that still have yet to be resolved. kristen? >> reporter: right, a lot to talk about today, andrea, but certainly the key issue we'll be talking about is ukraine and sanctions that you mentioned. president obama and the white house have been pushing european allies to enact stiffer sanctions, sanctions on the various sectors of russia's economy, the mining sector and believes that would have a bigger bite than sanctions implemented so far which largely target individuals. russia has been hesitant to move forward with stiffer sanctions because they are far more dependent on russia for things like oil than the united states is. so that is where the divide comes in. president obama has said he doesn't want to move forward without his european allies because he wants to present a united front to russia. the u.s. calculation
MSNBC
Apr 28, 2014 9:00am PDT
that the major corporations with big investments there have so effectively pressured angela merkel and david cameron and other european allies not to grant that? what the president is saying, let's hold those back as the next step in case he actually crosses the border and invades. >> that's what they said last time. if you remember and let's be clear because i know when people say, andrea, sectoral sanctions, they think we're advocating hitting the entire sector. we've been consistent from day one that hitting four of the large banks, especially those that are state owned and hitting gas and not the entire sector but sending the message that we're willing to do that. the president has said for some time he's willing to do that. it hasn't occurred and just in what you mentioned, demonstrates how the red line has changed. if you remember last week, we were going to put sanctions in place to move the troops away from the border. now the sanctions are about them going into eastern ukraine. putin in my opinion doesn't really want to go into eastern ukraine unless he has to do that. he righ
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